Math Curse by Jon Scieszka

This book, written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith, is really silly and funny. Even the dedication is silly (If the sum of my nieces and nephews equals 15, and their product equals 54, and I have more nephews than nieces, HOW MANY NEPHEWS AND HOW MANY NIECES IS THIS BOOK DEDICATED TO?

This is one of the books that David and many other little boys who hate to read, love. The inside of the book reminds me of a peechee folder. Does anyone remember the peechee folder? Back in the day, it was gold with two pockets with all types of formulas and information on the inside. There’s information about time measurement, a circle’s diameter, and all other kinds of information. So not only is the book fun to read, it’s informational also.

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Here’s the synopsis:

On Monday, the teacher, Mr. Fibonacci, tells the class that almost everything can be thought of as a math problem. Because of this, the character in the book, the same little girl from Science Verse, thinks that her teacher has put a Math Curse on her. Everything she looks at or thinks about has become a math problem.

Even English is a word problem: If mail + box= malibox, does lipstick- stick= lip? Does tunafish + tunafish= fournafish?

Boys as young as 2nd grade enjoy this book, but I would say to truly get a real understanding, I recommend it for 4th grade and up. David, the little boy down the street and many little boys in my class loved this book. This is definitely a book that boys who hate to read will love to read.

Yes, I recommend it for girls as well. Well, what are you waiting for, go get it!

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